OK, let’s be real. Sometimes I eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner. Sometimes I have scrambled eggs and toast for dinner too. And you know what? It’s usually pretty satisfying. But seeing as I do like to get a little fancier every now and then, the last time I wanted what I refer to as “lazy dinner,” I decided to dress it up a little. Honeycrisp apples, melty cheese, and roasted red peppers – now that’s my kind of dressing up. The sandwich is not just a sandwich. It’s full of sweet and savory flavors all bound together with a layer of gooey, melted cheese. Talk about yum.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this Thanksgiving found you surrounded with friends, family, and lots of good food. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays; in recent years, it’s been a relaxed day with my sister, mom, grandmother and I in the kitchen whipping up a variety of courses throughout the day. Everything from stuffed mushrooms, to a pumpkin-shaped cheese ball, to pumpkin martini’s graced our table. Of course, there’s always quite a selection of pies as well: apple, apple cranberry, and traditional pumpkin are the staples for our Thanksgiving dinner. As a kid, apple pie was always my favorite, but recently this pumpkin pie has been seriously stealing the show.
It’s about time I got some chocolate on this blog. And what better way to do it than with fudgey, chewy, brownie bites topped with pretzel M&Ms. These little guys are pretty much a combination of everything I love: chocolate, miniature things, salty/sweet tastes, and brownie edges.
Isn’t kid food secretly kind of the best? Mac and cheese bites, miniature sandwiches, mini pizzas, chicken nuggets. Are you seeing a theme here? Mini, mini, mini. It’s no secret that I think miniature things are adorable. Luckily for me, my fascination is right in line with the restaurant trends. Call it “small plates” or “tapas,” and apparently, you’re allowed to charge $1 per olive. So today, we’re making our own small plate, minus the big price tag, by taking chicken and turning it bite-size. But don’t worry – just because we’re making kid-sized food doesn’t mean we’re going kid-sized on the flavor.
Hi, there. I heard you like squash, so I roasted you some squash to put on your roasted squash. You with me? This is totally over-the-top squash madness, and I think you’re going to love it. It snowed here in Chicago for the first time yesterday. We’re not talking pretty snow either, we’re talking the hailing, sleeting, freezing wet stuff. I guess that means it’s winter. A night like that calls for a warm meal that will fill you up, and make your kitchen smell like fall.
Living in Chicago, I hear a lot of debate on what good pizza should be. Thin crust, thick crust, red sauce, no sauce, deep dish – the list goes on. While true Chicago deep dish fans might disagree with me, I tend to prefer traditional pizza on a standard night. I love how easy and versatile it is – pretty much anything you have in your fridge goes great on a pizza. Read More
I think I’m aging prematurely. When I first thought about what I love about this recipe, the phrase “busy weeknight” popped into my head. The idea of a “busy weeknight meal” brings visions of speeding home in my minivan to get dinner on the table for bouncing toddlers. Yikes. I’d like to think I’ve got a
few many years before that scenario describes my life.
Instead of that taboo phrase, let’s just say: you’re going to love this dish because it’s easy, and it’s quick. There. Now everyone, minivans or not, can get on board with this recipe.
Guacamole is the little black dress of the appetizer world. It’s simple, everyone loves it, and when you find your favorite recipe, it’ll knock your socks off.
This guacamole should be your new little black dress. Try it on, see what you think. I bet you (and your friends) will love it.